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Taylor Hart, DT

School: Oregon  |  Conference: PAC12
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Tualatin, OR
Height/Weight: - / - lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.

Player Overview

Hart was a first-team all-state player on the offensive and defensive lines coming out of Tualatin, Oregon. He went on to become a very versatile player for the Ducks, lining up as a defensive tackle, nose guard and even as a standup outside linebacker, on occasion.

After redshirting in 2009, Hart appeared in all 13 games as a reserve the following season. He stepped in as a starter in 2011, starting all 14 games and finishing with 44 tackles to earn All-Pac-12 honorable mention honors.

Hart started 12 more games as a junior, leading the Ducks' down linemen with 36 tackles and again earning honorable mention all-conference. He would post 64 more tackles during the regular season in 2013 and was named second-team All-Pac-12 by the league's coaches.

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STRENGTHS: Possesses a stout frame and long arms, well-suited to handling the tough duties along the line of scrimmage.

Much better athlete than he looks. Surprisingly quick off the snap, uncoiling to knock would-be blockers onto their heels and showing good power for the bull-rush to collapse the pocket. Good lateral agility and balance to "play the keys" down the line of scrimmage.

Excellent recognition of screens and draws, using his height and awareness to quickly diagnose the play. Strong hands and long arms help him quickly break free from blocks and get into position to make the play near the line of scrimmage. Good strength to rip away the ball while making the tackle. Versatile.

Has lined up as a defensive tackle, nose guard and even as a standup outside linebacker, on occasion. Durable. Played in 53 games over his career, starting every game over the past three seasons.

WEAKNESSES: Doesn't look the part of an NFL athlete due to a soft midsection and disproportionately wide hips.

Often lines up in the four-point stance while leaning back on his heels rather than on his toes, an odd technique that doesn't seem to hinder his burst off the ball but could be criticized by NFL scouts.

Does not possess the explosive burst preferred from a 4-3 defensive end and while highly effective against the run, relies more on his quickness and instincts rather than brute strength to set the edge, making his conversion as a five-tech defensive end a projection, as well.

COMPARES TO: Ropati Pitoitua, Tennessee Titans - Hart, like the 6-8, 298-pound Pitoitua, may lack name recognition and flashy athleticism but it is tough to overlook their size, power and awareness. Hart could struggle to find a niche in the NFL just as Pitoitua did as an undrafted free agent out of Washington State in 2008, but don't be surprised if he ultimately out-plays many defensive linemen selected ahead of him.

--Rob Rang

Player Lowdown

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05/11/2014 - A closer look at the Eagles' picks: Round 5/141 - Taylor Hart, DE, 6-6, 281, Oregon...Hart, like Huff, played for Chip Kelly at Oregon. He was a five-technique two-gap defensive end with the Ducks, which is how the Eagles also plan to use him. Kelly called him a "relentless football player." He has the length the Eagles want in a 3-4 defensive end. - The Sports Xchange


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